HP OpenVMS Systems Documentation

Content starts here

HP OpenVMS DCL Dictionary

Previous Contents Index


Transfers files between hosts with possibly dissimilar file systems over a TCP/IP connection by invoking the FTP utility.


COPY/FTP input-filespec output-filespec



Specifies the name of an existing file (the source file) to be copied.


Specifies the name of the output file (the destination file) into which the input file is copied.


The COPY/FTP command copies files to and from remote nodes using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP). The services provided by this command are a subset of the architected features of FTP (see vendor documentation for usage of their supplied FTP program).

For OpenVMS to OpenVMS Transfers

If both machines support OpenVMS structured transfers, the /BINARY, /ASCII, and /FDL qualifiers will be ignored. The cooperating OpenVMS FTP client and server will automatically transfer the file with proper OpenVMS attributes.

COPY/FTP commonly supports the asterisk wildcard character (*) in remote file specifications.



Causes an anonymous access to the remote node or nodes. /ANONYMOUS is the default remote access. The password passed to the remote node should be in the form of "user@fullyqualifiednodename".


Used to identify an ASCII file (text file). /ASCII is the default.


Required to identify binary files.


This qualifier is optional. Causes interaction with an FDL (file definition language) file. If the file is being copied to the local OpenVMS system, a remote FDL file is sought and interpreted for the operation. If the file is being copied outside the local OpenVMS system, an FDL file is generated and copied in addition to the requested file. If the /FDL qualifier is specified and the vendor application does not support it, a warning message may be issued.


Displays a message at SYS$OUTPUT when a file is transferred.


Used to explicitly disable the negotiation of STRU OpenVMS transfers. Otherwise, some servers will immediately abort when negotiating the feature.


Controls whether the FTP client or server initiates the data connection. If you do not specify this qualifier, the Internet Protocol appropriate value is used. The values are: OFF for IPv4, ON for IPv6.

The following table describes the /PASSIVE options:

Option Description
OFF The FTP server initiates the data connection.
ON (default) The FTP client initiates the data connection.

This is often used where a firewall between the FTP client and server prevents the server from making an outbound connection.

ON is the default value only if /PASSIVE is specified.

The underlying TCP/IP Networking product must recognize this qualifier and must support FTP passive in order for this qualifier to have an effect.

Note that the /PASSIVE qualifier is equivalent to the FTP PASV command.



Specifies whether all messages (including banner messages) are to be displayed on the terminal. By default, disables the display of the messages.



$ COPY/FTP/FDL/ANON rms_indexed_file.idx -

This example transfers the OpenVMS RMS file rms_indexed_file.idx to the remote file public/rms.idx.file on remotehst5 over a TCP/IP connection. Access to the remote host is anonymous and an FDL file is generated and copied along with rms_indexed_file.idx.


$ COPY/FTP/VERBOSE sys$login:login.com -
    xdelta.zko.dec.com"username password"::sys$login:login.tmp

This example transfers the OpenVMS RMS file sys$login:login.com to the remote file sys$login:login.tmp over a TCP/IP connection while specifying the user name and password on the remote system.


_To: grad.uq.edu.au"JONES BYRONBAY"::DKA200$:[JONES.DATA]

In this example, the COPY/FTP command copies the file RESULTS.LOG to the file DKA200$:[JONES.DATA]RESULTS.LOG using the user account JONES, with password BYRONBAY on node grad, that is located in the uq.edu.au internet domain.

Previous Next Contents Index